Molonglo 3 East has been give an optimistic timeline for completion by 2041. The future is wildly uncertain. Projects run routinely longer than planned. This is generally true but certainly true for the ACT Government. We have good intent, but building things is complicated. Environmental approvals can add years to the process and are unpredictable. Recent information on the environmental approval process for the Deep Creek Pond in Whitlam sheds light on this.
The topography of Molonglo 3 East demands a reframing of the way planning is done in the ACT. Best practices that apply to the Molonglo valley are not support by the Estate Development Code, Single and Multi-Unit Housing Development Codes and the zoning codes in the Territory Plan. Molonglo 3 East is something new and exciting that will push ACT planing towards an outcomes planning mechanism.
Molonglo 3 East is in an early stage of planning and the significance easily missed driving by. In the Planning Design Framework the ACT Government outlines what it does and does not want, however, the intention is to leave plenty of space for good urban planning.
The Molonglo Valley floods regularly and one of the river level crossings has been washed away – again. This leaves the Molonglo with one less rideable crossing and fully intact cycle path. This might be the first, but it is not likely the last.
The best time to discuss a strategy is when the ACT Government asks for our opinion.
“Namarag is identified as a vital restoration, recreational and cultural hub for the emerging communities of the Molonglo Valley”. Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose reserve open for consultation in 2019 and 14 people completed the survey. The plans were available to download at that time. Here is the vision of what it should become.
Explore the route now, but some of it is on foot. A rideable corridor to the Murrumbidgee River came up again with the release of “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” report this week. Here is the proposed route.
The DRAFT report for the 2019 MTB consultation. Surprise! “The best of Canberra mountain bike experience” consultation has come back with a report. The Canberra Mountain Bike Report has been prepared by TRC Tourism Pty Ltd for ACT Parks and Conservation Service.
The only easy mountain bike singletrack in the Long Gully Pine Plantation. In 2015 a study was carried out for the ACT Government reviewing mountain biking in Long Gully Pine Plantation. The report is attached and holds many interesting details. The Spine has been mentioned previously as it is accessible to everybody. It is certainly worth a look. The route “Isaacs Ridge peak from Woden Bus Station” follows The Spin up the hill.
“No bike” signs have been put up on the northern entrances to Kama. This surprised me. There is no mention of policy change on the ACT Environment website or in the Molonglo River Reserve Plan. No explanation apart from these small signs.